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August 2016

Kari Arnett & Laney Jones and The Spirits (Roots/Americana) $10

Wednesday, August 31 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
Kari & Laney 2016

http://www.kariarnett.com Growing up in rural south central Wisconsin, Kari Arnett was experimenting with writing, playing, and singing music from a young age, including teaching herself to play piano. It wasn't until her early 20s that Arnett taught herself guitar and began performing as a traveling musician. Soon her inspirations led her to draw rich sounds from older country/folk styles of music and brought her into the Americana scene. Surfacing lyrics from love and loss, Arnett's lush, imaginative, poetic approach to…

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September 2016

Jason Roberts (Singer/Songwriter) $6

Thursday, September 1 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
Jason Roberts 2016

https://www.reverbnation.com/jasonroberts Call 612-379-3138 to reserve your table! Jason Roberts is a modern folk artist who moved from the East Coast to Minneapolis in 2010 to find a flourishing musical community. In 2011, Jason released his debut album, “Swing So Cool, Sway So Gentle,” and since his CD release at the acclaimed 7th Street Entry, Jason has been filling up local venues with his catchy songwriting and innovative finger-style guitar. Now writing his fifth album, this deep-voiced songsmith is seeking a…

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Casey Dubie, Kara Laudon & Olivia Baker (Pop/Folk) $8

Friday, September 2 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
Dubie Laudon Baker 2016

http://www.caseydubie.com/music/ Casey Dubie is a folk-pop artist from Vermont. Casey produced Strangers in Nashville and released her five-track EP in November 2015. Previous EPs include Neverland and In Your Atmosphere. Known for her rich use of analogies and imagery, Casey's music is a mix of heartbreaking angst, gentle narratives, and the stories of life's unapologetic realities. Her music invites audiences to experience journeys in love, heartbreak, and spirituality. Influences include Noah Gundersen, Anais Mitchell, Valley Maker, Ben Howard, and Daughter.…

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New Primitives (Reggae/Afro Caribbean) $5

Saturday, September 3 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
The New Primative 2016

http://www.newprimitives.com New Primitives, a Minneapolis-based, world pop band, explores blended styles heavily influenced by Reggae, R & B, and Afro-Caribbean music. New Primitives features two Mid-western Rock and Country Hall of Fame members, Stanley Kipper and Chico Perez, friends since early childhood. They have won multiple music awards including four MN Music Academy Awards for "Best Performance" and "Best Reggae/World Band." The New Primitive sound is also composed of ska, rock, Afro-Cuban, Caribbean and Mexican music, a soulful long simmering…

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Post-Atomic Trio & Srazhalys (Jazz & Melodic Folk) $5

Sunday, September 4 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
Post Atomic Trio 2016

https://post-atomictrio.bandcamp.com/releases Post-Atomic Trio blends experimental jazz, neo-soul, electronica and ambient textures to create an energetic vibe. They draw from these different styles while incorporating unique rhythms and voicings in an improvisational context. https://www.reverbnation.com/srazhalys Melodic flavors of Eastern Europe & Central Asia merge with hard-driving Western rhythms to shape the sound of Srazhalys.

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MN Songwriter Showcase hosted by Nick Hensley (FREE)

Wednesday, September 7 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
MN Songwriter Showcase

https://www.facebook.com/MNsongwritershowcase/ Jim Walsh (music critic and author) called: "The Minnesota Songwriter Showcase is the piece de resistance of the area’s songwriter's, as hosted by songwriters/musicians Nick Hensley and backed by a two- and sometimes three-piece band. The talent level is always solid." http://www.minnpost.com/arts-culture/2013/11/inside-doug-collins-pope-open-mic-village#.UpYwtACQJgw.twitter Throughout the years we have had some amazing songwriters, singers and performers join us including: Sonny Knight, Martin Zellar, Dave Pirner, Ike Rielly, Michael "Eyedea" Larson, The Pines, Charlie Par, Dan Wilson, Ill Chemistry feat Desdemona and…

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Way Down Wanderers & The Lark and The Loon (Americana) $10

Thursday, September 8 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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http://thewaydownwanderers.com/listen Call 612-379-3138 to reserve your table! Equal parts fast-paced and soulful, 5 piece alternative folk band, The Way Down Wanderers draw listeners in with their energy and originality. The band members' dramatically diverse backgrounds in bluegrass, jazz, classical and rap music, blend together to form unique harmony vocals, soaring instrumentals, lively dynamics and standout melodies. "A polished sound filled with strong vocals and fantastic harmonizing, made all the better with vivid lyrics and powerful instrumentation." - BestNewBands.com "They brought…

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Ellis Cleve & Max Hohlen (Soul/Funk/R&B) $5

Friday, September 9 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
Ellis Richardson & Max Hohlen

Call 612-379-3138 to reserve your spot! https://soundcloud.com/erichardson01 Ellis Cleve is a Twin Cities-based singer with an R&B/HipHop-infused sound. His debut EP The Fly Away was co-produced by platinum-selling songwriter John Richardson (formerly Flyte Tyme) and is available on Spotify and iTunes. - www.facebook.com/jahpeople1 Max Hohlen is a musician in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area playing various shows and events, such as bars, weddings, and other social events. He's currently working on recording and releasing an EP with his band Jah People!…

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Batteryboy & LOTT (Orchestral Indie) $10

Saturday, September 10 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
Battery Boy 2016

Call 612-379-3138 to reserve your table! http://www.batteryboymusic.com/ Batteryboy has been described by 89.3 The Current's Andrea Swensson as “...reminiscent of Cloud Cult’s acoustic work and neo-folkies like Bon Iver.” Americana UK’s 7/10 album review of batteryboy’s debut up for air says batteryboy “remind me of The National, particularly the passion the members of both bands put in when delivering their performances.” On before the silence breaks, batteryboy has evolved to create a sonic niche of their own. Rouse claims batteryboy…

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Blood Washed Band (Alt Country/Gospel) $5

Sunday, September 11 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
Blood Washed Band 2016

The Blood Washed Band is a local alt-country supergroup and the house band at House of Mercy, led by Brother Quillan Roe. Inspired by old time country gospel songs and hymns, the band’s repertoire includes songs by the Carter Family, the Louvin Brothers, Gram Parsons, Johnny Cash and The Band. In addition to the leadership of Bro. Quillan Roe, guitarist (Roe Family Singers), other regular members of the band include, violinist Alissa Jacobsen (Thrift Store Sonata), mandolinist Bob Douglas (Powder…

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Hayward Williams, Lucie Thorne & The Yearlings (Folk) $8

Tuesday, September 13 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
Hayward Williams 2016

CALL 612-379-3138 TO RESERVE YOUR TABLE! http://haywardwilliams.com Hayward Williams thought he was about to die in an airport. Returning home from an Australian tour, the veteran Americana singer-songwriter was tired and gaunt. As he fought his way through the terminal in San Francisco, it seemed like he might miss his connection home to the Midwest, and then something started to feel very wrong. “My heart was racing, and I was feeling nauseous and dizzy, like I was going to pass…

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The Silverback Trio (Jazz) $5

Thursday, September 15 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
The Silverback Trio

http://silverbacktrio.com/ Silverback Trio is a contemporary jazz group based out of Minneapolis, MN. David Hirsch – saxophone, keyboards, electronics Brent Wallace – bass Byron Johnson-Blanchard – drums

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Kate Lynch & Her Most Excellent Fellows (Vintage Vocal Jazz) $7

Saturday, September 17 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
Kate Lynch 2016

A couple years ago I fell in love with a song from 1944 called The Java Jive. The version I love is performed by the Ink Spots. I had never even heard of the Ink Spots before that. The love of that song and my determination to learn it on the bass while also singing, lead me down a path that has been both challenging and super-duper rewarding. I proceeded to listen to tons of songs from way-back to find…

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Brianna Kocka & Elizabeth Grandeur and The Heighburners (Roots/Americana) $5

Thursday, September 22 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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CALL 612-379-3138 TO RESERVE YOUR TABLE! http://www.heighburners.com/home Fronted by Minneapolis singer-songwriter Elizabeth Ghandour, who began her musical career in theatre and pursuing opera, Elizabeth stumbled into New York’s folk music scene, her musical ambitions crystalized, and she moved back to the Twin Cities to pursue singing and writing. Joining her are local banjo player Johnny Kovarik, steel player Josh Braun, bassist Matt Palin and percussionist Jeremy Hauer. Blending the sounds of steel guitar, banjo, acoustic bass and percussion to support…

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Daisy Dillman Acoustic “40 Years Together” Tour (Roots Rock) $15

Saturday, September 24 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
Daisy Dillman Acoustic 2016

http://www.daisydillman.com Call 612-379-3138 to reserve your table! Patrick, Feagan & Stymie… the three original lead vocalists and founding members of Minnesota's own Daisy Dillman Band bring their well known, 3-part high harmony to an unplugged and intimate setting. Acoustic guitars and fiddle are in hand for this special performance marking Daisy Dillman's 40th anniversary year. It’s humor, stories and select songs from their national releases for United Artists and RCA records. It’s also the best of “West Coast” Country Rock:…

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Marah in the Mainsail & Good Morning Bedlam (Folk) $8

Friday, September 30 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
Marah in the Mailsail

Call 612-379-3138 to reserve your table! http://marahinthemainsail.com Rooted in the musically fertile soil of Minneapolis, Marah In The Mainsail blazes a trail through the indie music scene with their aggressive take on the genre. The band has been carving a name for themselves in the midwest United States and beyond with their subtle nod to blues and punk music, played with an eclectic and unique instrumentation. - https://www.reverbnation.com/goodmorningbedlam Good Morning Bedlam is a quartet from Minneapolis, MN. Although they are…

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October 2016

Post-Atomic Trio & Srazhalys (Jazz & Melodic Folk) $5

Sunday, October 2 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
Post Atomic Trio 2016

https://post-atomictrio.bandcamp.com/releases Post-Atomic Trio blends experimental jazz, neo-soul, electronica and ambient textures to create an energetic vibe. They draw from these different styles while incorporating unique rhythms and voicings in an improvisational context. https://www.reverbnation.com/srazhalys Melodic flavors of Eastern Europe & Central Asia merge with hard-driving Western rhythms to shape the sound of Srazhalys.

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Liz Longley: Weightless Tour with Max Jury (Singer/Songwriter) $12 Adv / $15 Door

Friday, October 14 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe,
125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
LizLongley 2016

http://www.lizlongley.com Weightless is the highly anticipated follow-up to Longley’s 2015 self-titled release, which garnered praise from American Songwriter, Huffington Post and CMT Edge, to name a few. The new album delivers bold, thick pop with rock-and-roll edges. The starkly personal lyrics explore complexities and even dysfunction of relationships. Her award-winning songwriting is stronger than ever, and producer Bill Reynolds, the bassist of Band of Horses (also produced the Avett Brothers, Lissie) helps embrace a lush pop-rock approach which marks a…

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